The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University invites applications for an assistant-rank position in Theological Ethics to begin Fall 2021. Areas of sub-specialization are open, but should complement existing faculty strengths and may include: political/geopolitical theologies; liberation theologies; race/racial justice; postcolonial studies; ecological ethics; ethics of migration; economic or business ethics; war and peace; human rights; or gender/sexual justice. A strong candidate will offer evidence of engaging public and social issues using constructive and contextual methodologies. The candidate must demonstrate promise/success as a teaching scholar and understand and support the school’s Ignatian mission. Facility in on-line pedagogy (or willingness to acquire this) is a strong desideratum. Ability to teach in Spanish is a positive consideration.
Located in Berkeley, CA, JST-SCU is a private, Jesuit, Catholic divinity school committed to “Living Theology. Transforming Our World.” Lay, Jesuit and other religious students come from around the world to participate in JST-SCU’s academically rigorous, socially engaged, and spiritually alive community. An ecclesiastical faculty, JST-SCU prepares lay, Jesuit, and other religious and clergy students for ministries in the Church, society, and academia. JST-SCU is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences related to achieving this goal in their letter of application.
JST-SCU is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (www.gtu.edu), the most comprehensive center for graduate study of religion in North America. With a focus on interreligious, ecumenical, and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts, educating innovative leaders for the academy, religious organizations, and the nonprofit sector, equipping scholars to embody the critical thinking, ethical frameworks, compassionate values, and spiritual foundations essential to building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.
Faculty members are expected to be teaching scholars who balance a commitment to quality teaching with active programs of research and creative scholarship. Ideal candidates should demonstrate not only potential for excellent graduate teaching, but also promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the school, the GTU, the community, and the Church. The successful candidate will mentor students in JST-SCU’s ecclesiastical programs (STB, STL and STD) as well as our various masters degrees and GTU masters and doctoral degree programs..
The successful candidate will:
teach four graduate courses per year on the semester system that will serve JST and GTU’s extraordinarily diverse student body and programmatic needs. Dependent on candidate’s area(s) of specialization, courses to be taught may include: War and Peace; Human Rights; Racial Justice/Black Theology; Economic/Business Ethics; Ethics of Globalization (or International Politics); Environmental Ethics; Fundamental Moral Theology; Postcolonial Ethics, etc.
develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications;
direct (commensurate with experience) and participate on comprehensive exam, thesis, and dissertation committees;
have or be willing to develop expertise in rigorous and engaging on-line education;
provide service to the school as appropriate to rank;
be eligible to serve on an Ecclesiastical Faculty.
seek membership in the GTU’s Core Doctoral Faculty when eligible.
Applicants are invited to visit our website (www.scu.edu/jst/) for background on JST-SCU’s mission, programs and degrees offered, faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary programs and research, and the multicultural student population we serve.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. Santa Clara University will provide international sponsorship for non-US scholars. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
Also, in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University annually collects and makes publicly available information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents (https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/about/what-is-clery/).
Completion of the Ph.D. or equivalent degree in ethics by the time of application.
Promise for effective and excellent teaching.
Evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of publication.
Eligibility to serve on a Catholic ecclesiastical faculty.
Rank and Salary:
Competitive salary and benefits package; housing assistance program
Starting Date: August 1, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications are due January 18, 2021
Applicants should submit:
a cover letter or personal statement that includes (a) a statement of teaching philosophy, (b) a projected research agenda, (c) the applicant's experience or interest in working with people of diverse cultures and identities, (d) the applicant’s understanding of the mission of JST-SCU;
a curriculum vitae and copies of graduate transcripts;
sample syllabi and teaching evaluations from courses taught; and
an example of scholarship, e.g., in-press or published article.
NOTE: Candidates invited for screening interviews will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation.
About Santa Clara University (Jesuit School of Theology)
The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is an international center of scholarly and ministerial formation, with a faculty and student body consisting of lay men and women, Jesuits, clergy, and members of other religious orders. We are rooted in the Catholic and Ignatian tradition and engage in ecumenical, interfaith, and intercultural dialogue through the Graduate Theological Union.